By Valerie Andrews
A scholar and a Passionist priest who called himself a “geologian,” Berry was fluent in fourteen languages and widely read in the disciplines of archaeology, philosophy, cosmology, religion, earth science and world history. In 1984, I interviewed him for The Tarrytown Letter, a magazine of new ideas.
We began with Toynbee’s notion that we are moving into a chapter in human history in which our choice is going to be, not between a whole world and a shredded up world, but between one world and no world. Berry views this period of disinformation and dissolution as the last gasp of the old era, a painful yet necessary prelude to the new ecological age.